Infant Jesus of Prague
The figure has a very interesting history. This piece of art was produced in a small Spanish town, located between Cordoba and Sevilla. A pious brother, who lived in a monastery there, experienced several apparitions from a most beautiful child that was very friendly to him. Upon recognising the Infant Jesus, all the monk longed for was to see it once again. When some years had passed, the Infant Jesus finally appeared again and instructed him: “Model a wax figure that looks like my apparition.” And so the monk did. When he was modelling the statue, the divine child was standing right in front of him, so he could form a statue bearing the true heavenly features.
When the monk had finished his work, he knelt before the Infant Jesus with tears of joy in his eyes. The child told him: “This statue is not for you to keep. In a year’s time, Duchess Isabella Manrique de Lara y Mendoza will come and buy the divine child. Shortly afterwards, she will give it as a wedding present to her daughter Maria. Maria will bring it to Bohemia and in Prague, it will become deeply venerated. It shall be a land of mercy, peace and charity with the Child of God to be its people’s king forever. In various times of trial, the ‘merciful Infant Jesus of Prague’ will be called upon from all peoples and nations, to the borders of the earth.”
All this happened and until today the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Prague remains an important place of pilgrimage for many believers.
The numerous miracles in connection with the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague bear witness for the veracity of its cult and are still occurring today. In times of trial, one should offer one of the many prayers of the Infant Jesus of Prague or say novenas.
The Infant Jesus of Prague is known worldwide. Following an 18th century tradition, the statue is vested with several valuable garments. The Infant Jesus of Prague is equipped with about 70 pieces of clothing that came as presents from all over the world.
The copying of the figure started as early as in the 14th century. In the Middle Ages, most figures were carved from wood whereas the use of other materials like wax, ivory, or bronze started in the baroque period. In Gröden, the wood carvings of the Infant Jesus of Prague have, of course, a long-standing tradition, too.